Friday evening 6:30-8:30 and Saturday: 9:00-4:00
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and the MN Arrowhead IPL Network is excited to announce our Spring ‘Be The Spark’ workshop!! ‘Be the Spark’ is for members of faith communities interested in deeply engaging their congregations on climate change issues and for those interested in offering programming, support and leadership in the larger interfaith community.
This experiential and dynamic workshop will provide organizing tools, facilitation skills and content to give participants a broad and adaptive palette from which to draw as leaders in the growing interfaith climate movement. See below for a workshop schedule and overview:
Friday evening 6:30-8:30 and Saturday: 9:00-4:00. Messaging, Facilitating, Strategizing and Bringing Hope: Let’s come together and explore how we can make climate organizing Spark! in your community!
This workshop is meant to offer a toolbox of skills and information to support leaders (that’s you!) in faith communities in moving climate change work forward. Between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon we will cover the following topics in an experiential and collaborative workshop design:
- Effective Messaging: What are the key pieces of science, impacts of climate change and solutions that encourage people to get involved? We will explore important messages and how to find the right balance so that you feel confident as you work to engage people in your community.
- Climate Convenors: Particularly in the area of climate change getting participants moving, talking and creating is essential in empowering people to move forward with action on climate change. Whether you plan to host a movie discussion, facilitate a committee meeting at your church, offer a workshop or teach Sunday School we will practice planning a dynamic, participatory and experiential learning experience.
- Strategic thinking and Organizing in congregations: Featuring some of the most effective organizing tools and strategic thinking from 350.org participants will begin to use these tools to plan their approach to their own and other faith communities.
- Understanding and working with the complex psychology of facing climate change: Pulling from the work of Joanna Macy (Active Hope, The Work that Reconnects), Rasmussen (Earth-Honoring Faith) and Mary Pipher (The Green Boat) we will explore the mix of emotions, thoughts and responses we have in the ongoing process of responding to climate change. We will consider how we can engage with each other in ways that acknowledges all experiences so that we can move forward in health, hope and faith.
Who: You! And others you think would be interested and benefit from this program. Facilitator: Erin Pratt, LPC is the Program Director at MNIPL, a licensed professional counselor and nature-based therapist, and a facilitator and trainer for MN350, a Minnesota based climate justice organization and for 350 National.
When not at MNIPL Erin does individual and group nature based therapy and is a youth group leader at St. Luke Presbyterian church. Individual sessions will also feature some training from various leaders in the community.